February 13, 2018

Education

The family that codes together: Faller Elementary hosts first coding night event

“Simply the thought of learning to code might be enough to trigger technophobia in people, conjuring mental images of thousands of lines of code flying across the screen at you like in the movie the Matrix.”

We are in one of the most significant transitions in the history of education. Teachers who grew up in an analog world are preparing students for a digital world with technology we can’t even imagine yet. Local schools are not just trying to teach the students, they also need to teach the parents.

Reflecting on Rand Elementary


“When 2:30 p.m. rolled around, Merkel and Meech got the kids ready to go, told them to have a good weekend, watched them go, then closed the school down. They’ll only do this for one more month until the school year ends and Rand dismisses its students for the last time.”

Rand Elementary was a diminishing public school in town of Johannesburg, California. Johannesburg and its surrounding communities were once booming mining towns, but today are slowly becoming ghost towns as modern life continues to pull people out of rural towns and into the cities. The school district had long kept Rand open as a nod to its character-filled history, but they finally had to make the difficult decision that it was time to close it down.

Robotics for STEM aims to offer students a brighter future

“Ben Waddill isn’t a scientist or engineer working on the base. He’s an eighth-grader member of the Immanuel Christian School’s robotics team. Instead of spending his evening solving for “X” in math homework, he was troubleshooting problems in electrical circuitry and gear torque on robots.”

Education is becoming more hands-on, and it’s very exciting.  One of the most exciting examples of this is the VEX Robotics competitions, where students build and program robots that then compete in robotic sports.